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George Bugs Moran George Moran was born on a farm just outside of Minneapolis in 1893 His father was Irish and his mother was Polish At six years old George and his family moved to Chicago in 1899 They settled in Kilgubbin an Irish populated urban area north of the Chicago River At a young age George quit school and started making money on his own Hed steal horses and keep them in abandoned garages until the owners paid ransom Falling in with other unruly kids under the leadership of Dion OBanion George began pick pocketing shoplifting breaking and entering and eventually armed robbery and safecracking Others who were also under OBanion were Earl Weiss and Vinnie Drucci Weiss was known as Hymie and Drucci was known as The Schemer for his planning of successful robberies In 1912 while trying to rob a warehouse the boys werent so lucky The night watchmen heard them and everybody ran They all managed to get away except Moran At age 19 he was taken off to Joliet State Prison south of Chicago for a 24 month sentence Moran was released in 1914 and returned to his gang as a hero They looked highly of him because he had loyalty and didnt squeal on any of the other boys These boys who by now were young men were the starting foundation of the Northside Irish Gang Since Moran had been gone the game had matured They were no longer pick pocketing and committing petty thefts Now they were stealing furs and selling them in the underground mob channels and cracking safes Out of all the boys Moran was the least controlling of his temper His outburts earned him the nickname Bugs At first he hated the name but he learned to love it as people learned to fear it In 1917 Moran was caught red handed in the middle of an armed robbery attempt It was his
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